Edhi declines Modi's donation, citing foundation rules

Islamabad: India born Pakistani social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi on Tuesday refused a donation of Rs.1 crore by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his charity.

"Edhi has thanked Modi and politely declined to accept his announced financial help," the Dawn quoted Edhi Foundation spokesman Anwar Kazmi as saying.

Bilquis Edhi, the co-founder of the humanitarian foundation, turned down the offer with thanks stating that the foundation rules do not allow any donations from government funds.

Taj Mahal more stunning than I expected: Zuckerberg

Agra: Social networking giant Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday visited the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh's Agra city and said: "It is even more stunning than I expected."

"I'm in India for our Townhall Q&A tomorrow (Wednesday), and I decided to visit the Taj Mahal. I've always wanted to see this," Zuckerberg posted on Facebook along with his picture in front of the monument to love.

"It is even more stunning than I expected. It's incredible what people can build -- and what love can motivate us to build," he added.

Infantry Day celebrated in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: To mark the landing of the army in Jammu and Kashmir on October 27, 1947, on the request of then ruler Maharaja Hari Singh, the Indian army's Udhampur based Northern Command celebrated the Infantry Day on Tuesday.

It was on this day in 1947 that the first company of the Sikh Regiment landed in Jammu and Kashmir to fight the state's invasion by so-called tribesmen.

Quake toll rises to 83 in Afghanistan

Kabul: The death toll from Monday's massive earthquake has risen to 83 in Afghanistan, the media reported on Tuesday.

The disaster measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale, with its epicentre in the Hindu Kush range, also left around 300 people injured and around 4,000 houses damaged.

At least 12 school girls were among the 83 killed as a result of stampede after the quake, local officials in Nangarhar province said.

Geeta meets Delhi CM

New Delhi: Geeta, the young speech and hearing impaired woman who returned to India after being stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here on Tuesday.

They met at the chief minister's official residence during which Kejriwal interacted with the girl through sign language with the help of a facilitator.

On Monday, Geeta called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening after sharing the dais with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj while interacting with the media on reaching India after over a decade.

India, Africa cannot be excluded from security council: Sushma

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said India and Africa can no longer be excluded from the permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

She said the 70th session of the UN General Assembly was an opportune moment to achieve concrete results on this long pending issue.

Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the Third India-Africa Forum Summit here, the minister said that unless there were more democratic global governance structures, a more equitable international security and development framework will continue to elude the world.

UP couple claims Geeta their daughter

Lucknow: A family from Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district has now claimed that deaf and mute Geeta, who returned from Pakistan after being separated from her parents over a decade ago, is their daughter.

Ramraj Gautam and his wife Anara Devi, residents of Maheshganj, late Monday met Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad Rajan Shukla and said they were ready for "all probes and necessary tests to get their daughter back".

Islamic Social Finance Report 2015 released

By Mohammed Obaidullah

The 2015 issue of the Islamic Social Finance Report has just been launched at an International Workshop on Zakat Management organized by SANZAF at Pretoria, South Africa. This issue focuses on the zakah, awqaf and Islamic microfinance sectors in six countries in the sub-Saharan Africa - Sudan, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Tanzania. This is in continuation of the 2014 issue of ISFR focusing on six countries in South and South East Asia.

Geeta returns; India to take up mentally ill prisoners' repatriation

New Delhi: Geeta, a young speech and hearing impaired Indian woman left stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, arrived here on Monday morning as India said repatriation of mentally ill prisoners lodged in jails on both sides of the border would be taken up with Islamabad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Rs.1 crore to Pakistan's Edhi Foundation for taking care of Geeta, whereas External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj thanked the Pakistan government and the non-governmental organisation that took care of the young woman all these years.

Modi gives Rs.1 crore to Edhi for caring for Geeta

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday offered Rs.1 crore to Pakistan's Edhi Foundation for taking care of Geeta, a deaf and mute young Indian woman who was stranded there for over a decade.

"I don't think any amount of words are enough to thank the Edhi family for taking care of Geeta. They are apostles of kindness and compassion," Modi tweeted.

"What the Edhi family has done is too priceless to be measured but I am happy to announce a contribution of Rs.1 crore to their foundation," Modi said.